Pyrocumulonimbus Plume from Fires in Minnesota
Clouds of smoke from the Pagami Creek Fire continue to grow larger and thicker as the fire increases in acreage. NASA’s Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard the Aqua satellite captured the plume on September 12, 2011 at 18:50 UTC (12:50 a.m. MDT). Fire personnel have escorted hundreds of campers out of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, and more than 100 homes and 36 businesses have been evacuated on the eastern and southern reaches of the fire, according to the Duluth News Tribune. Several news reports say the fire and smoke has traveled to Chicago and Milwaukee. Hundreds of fire emergency response personnel are tracking the fire. Airplanes and helicopters are being used to drop water to slow the spread of the fire, according to the U.S. Forest Service’ Incident Information System. NASA image courtesy the MODIS Rapid Response Team at NASA Goddard. Caption by Melissa Quijada.
Mediatype imageSource http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/fires/main/usa/20110912-minnesota.htmlLicenseurl http://www.nasaimages.org/Terms.htmlDate 2011-09-14Identifier 588045main_20110912-minn-origAddeddate 2012-01-26 19:36:29Publicdate 2012-01-26 19:36:43Backup_location ia903708_4